In case you missed it, earlier this week, we published a story about 10 great women-directed films you can stream now on Netflix. Of course, the list was not comprehensive and readers pointed out on social media that we neglected to include some of their favorites. So below we’ve highlighted 10 more great women-directed films streaming on Netflix now.
While we’re choosing to focus on these amazing directorial efforts, that doesn’t take away from the fact that the industry needs to support more female voices. We’re not trying to place a Band-Aid on the larger problem. We shouldn’t need stories like this that point out female directors because, frankly, female directors shouldn’t be such a rarity that we need to draw your attention to them.
Of course, women have traditionally had more success in the documentary realm (which, of course, tends not to lead to big Hollywood paychecks), so it’s no surprise that almost half of the below list is comprised of documentaries, including “Blackfish,” “The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology” and “The Punk Singer” and “Paris is Burning.” Also, it’s worth noting that though the list is focused on primarily American directors (since Netflix and Indiewire are both U.S.-based), we’ve included a few international picks, including Claire Denis, Antonia Bird and Patricia Rozema).
Finally, with all of the discussion and debate about whether movies promote a misogynistic view of women that helped push Isla Vista murderer Elliot Rodger over the edge, these films serve as a positive counterpoint. Though, for the most part, they are not feminist works and some of them don’t even feature female protagonists (the “star” of “Blackfish,” for instance, is an orca), as a whole, they represent the diverse and powerful stories that can be depicted with women at the helm.
Concussion (Stacie Passon, 2013)
The Punk Singer (Sini Anderson, 2013)
Bastards (Claire Denis, 2013)
The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (Sophie Fiennes, 2012)
Old Joy (Kelly Reichardt, 2006)
Virgin Suicides (Sofia Coppola, 1999)
Priest (Antonia Bird, 1994)
Paris is Burning (Jennie Livingston, 1990)
I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing (Patricia Rozema, 1987)